Bhatkal: More than 24-hours after a young 16-year old boy went missing in a local dam in Bhatkal where he reportedly went for swimming on Wednesday, locals were unable to trace him even after continuous search operation.

Ibrahim Abida, who returned from Umrah Pilgrimage on Wednesday morning went for a swimming outing with his friends in the evening and was reportedly washed away in the flowing water in the dam as it was gushing owing to the heavy rain the region experienced for the last few days.

Locals however complained that the police department and coast guard were helpless without adequate equipment and team of swimmers which has left the whole task of looking for Ibrahim, down to the local youngsters who have been looking for Ibrahim, voluntarily for last 24-hours.

Locals expressed their anguish over non co-operation from the police department. “The department being helpless in such cases is a sorry-state of our administration. Except Tahsildar, no senior officer of administration has visited the spot where hundreds of people are looking for and anticipating the search operation of a youngster” one of the social worker told Vartha Bharati.

Speaking to Vartha Bharati over phone call Bhatkal Circle Police Inspector Ganesh KL added that the police team along with coast guard were doing their bit and were looking for youngster in areas like Shirali and nearby sea waters.

“We have been doing our bit since yesterday. The coast guard is also active with their equipment and are looking for that boy, so far we couldn’t trace him but our efforts will continue” Ganesh said.

Imtiyaz Udyawar, President of Bhatkal Muslim Youth Federation which is leading the search operation voluntarily along with several youngsters of the town added that organisation had arranged a boat for the search operation voluntarily and that the coast guard and police were doing little in the search operation.

“We have arranged a boat for ourselves to pace our search operation. The police and coast guard were not of any significant help. Bhatkal Tahsildar however arranged kerosene for us immediately so that we can begin our search operation with the boat. It was of great help” he said.

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Mumbai: Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital here after complaining of breathing difficulty, is still in a "critical" condition but is "slowly improving", hospital sources said.

The 90-year-old Mangeshkar was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital in the early hours of Monday where Dr Patit Samdhani is treating her.

"She is critical but her condition has slowly improved. She is still in the hospital," a hospital insider told PTI. However, the veteran singer's PR team in a statement on Tuesday said she was "stable".

"Her parameters are good. Honestly speaking, she has fought so well that she is coming out of this setback. Being a singer, her lung capacity has pulled her through. Truly a fighter. We will update everyone when Lataji gets discharged and comes home. (We) request that we give family the space they deserve at the moment," the statement read.

Mangeshkar has lent her voice for thousands of songs in Hindi, regional and foreign languages. Her last full album was for the late filmmaker Yash Chopra-directed 2004 film "Veer Zaara".

Mangeshkar recorded her latest song this year - "Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki", which was released on March 30 as a tribute to the Indian Army.

She was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour in 2001.